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Illinois Municipal adds to AEW, Invesco core real estate funds
Pensions & Investments
Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, Oak Brook, committed an additional $70 million to AEW Core Property Trust, managed by AEW Capital Management, and an additional $30 million to Invesco Core Real Estate. With the additions, the $34.9 billion pension fund will have a total of $195 million in the AEW fund and $130 million in the Invesco fund.
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Career management: Industry roundtables for investment professionals
CFA Chicago
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Integrating ESG factors in the investment process
CFA Chicago
The importance of responsible investing has increased notably in recent years and is gradually making a presence in the mainstream investment arena. Events such as the BP oil spill, accounting scandals, the collapse of an apparel factory in Bangladesh, and ongoing environment concerns such as water scarcity, climate change, and depletion of natural resources demonstrate that ESG factors can have a significant impact on a company's share price performance and hence on investment portfolios.
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Outlook for the US wealth management industry: 'The most exciting time'
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
January is drawing to a close, and the private wealth themes we noticed in 2014 are poised to grow more influential in the months ahead. Greater attention is being paid to financial technology (fintech) and the online landscape of wealth management, with wirehouse advisers becoming more active in their use of social media to gain new clients and attract more assets.
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Investment changes are ahead
West Michigan Conference
Being good to the planet and its people ultimately will be good for United Methodist workers’ bottom line. That’s the principle behind two changes to the investment policy of the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. In November, the board’s directors voted to exclude certain investments in coal and avoid investing in companies meeting certain thresholds that operate in countries with “a prolonged and systematic pattern of human rights violations.” These changes are just starting to take effect.
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'Smart streamline' Illinois out of financial hole
Chicago Sun-Times
The University of Illinois just released another depressing report on the state’s fiscal health, including a prediction that it’s going to get “dramatically worse” without strong remedial medicine. The study echoes the “gloom and doom” scenario Gov. Bruce Rauner’s been depicting in advance of the “State of the State” address.
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Survey finds Chicago investors bullish on renewables
Midwest Energy News
Leading investors in Chicago strongly favor government investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and they see the clean energy sector as a good personal investment, according to a survey released recently by Morgan Stanley.
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Bolstr raises $1.7M to help businesses find investors and not lose ownership
Chicago Inno
A Chicago startup that helps small businesses find investors to help spur growth, but also allows them to keep 100 percent ownership, announced a round of seed funding to accelerate its own growth. Bolstr has raised $1.7 million for its online marketplace that helps early-stage businesses gain access to growth capital from accredited investors. Investments range from $25,000 to $500,000, but allow the company to retain 100 percent of their equity.
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Former Mayor Daley hoping to cash in on green cards
Chicago Sun-Times
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is aiming to cash in on a federal program that gives foreigners the chance to obtain permanent U.S. residency in exchange for investing in businesses that create jobs in the United States.
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Citibank shutters 7 local branches
Crain's Chicago Business
Citibank is closing 10 percent of its branches in the Chicago market, part of a national consolidation initiative at the fourth-largest U.S. bank by deposits. Citibank will shutter its branch at 400 N. Clark St. later this quarter, making it the seventh local closure since September.
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Investing: More great DOW stocks for dividends
Chicago Tribune
Cash dividends have accounted for roughly 40 percent of the U.S. stock market's total return over the past 90 years. Here are four companies that are well-positioned to boost payouts in the years ahead.
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